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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
March 4, 2014
Liberation Theologian?

Pope Francis’ Options are Becoming Clearer

Let us hope that Pope Francis is helping to formulate an open-minded, non-ideological approach to the institutions best suited to combat poverty under a decent regime of human rights.

February 19, 2014
"Pentecostal Drift"

An Archbishop’s Nightmare

More Christians today live in the Global South—Asia, Africa, Latin America—than in the old Christian homelands of Europe and North America. This inevitably means further “Pentecostal drift”.

February 12, 2014
Personal Note

How To Make God Laugh

After an unexpected fall, a tentative return to regular blogging.

January 15, 2014
Secular Contempt

Religion As Magic

Viewing religion in an unbroken continuum with every variant of magic is a perspective grounded in a widely diffused class of people—part of the culture of an international intelligentsia.

January 8, 2014

The Americanization of the Devil

Today’s Satanists are not engaged in the worship of evil. What they are engaged in is a classical American exercise: civilizing something that was originally anything but civil.

December 25, 2013

Holiday Notice

Peter Berger will not post on his blog this week. He will celebrate the Christmas holiday. In fear of ACLU lawsuits, he will carefully restrict the celebration to spaces not supported by the taxpayers. The blog will resume in the New Year.

Wishing all readers of the blog a happy holiday, or non-holy day, as their faith or lack of faith may suggest.


December 18, 2013
New Energy In The Old World

Pentecostalism Invades Lambeth Palace

Is charismatic Christianity coming to Europe? Up until now, it didn’t seem likely. But events in the UK perhaps suggest otherwise.

December 11, 2013
Setbacks For Kemalism

Two Modest Victories for Common Sense

Courts in the EU and the the US recently overturned spurious cases brought by secularists regarding displays of religious symbols on public property— two small victories for common sense against Kemalism run amok.

December 4, 2013

Two German Cardinals, and a Peruvian Dominican

The British Catholic journal The Tablet (which I have found to be a reliable and balanced source for what goes on in the Roman world) carried a story in its November 23, 2013, issue by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt, its correspondent in Germany. Titled “Mueller vs. Marx: Clash of the Titans”, the story reports on a public […]

November 27, 2013

Jewish Demography

In its November 2013 issue Commentary magazine carried an article by Jonathan Tobin, “Loving us to Death: How America’s Embrace is Imperiling American Jewry”. The article takes off from the rather startling findings of A Portrait of Jewish Americans, a survey of the Pew Center for Research. The demographic decline in the number of Jews […]

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